Abstract ethics, embodied ethics : the strange marriage of Foucault and Positivism in labour process theory

Wray-Bliss, Edward 2002, Abstract ethics, embodied ethics : the strange marriage of Foucault and Positivism in labour process theory, Organization, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 5-39.

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Title Abstract ethics, embodied ethics : the strange marriage of Foucault and Positivism in labour process theory
Author(s) Wray-Bliss, Edward
Journal name Organization
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 39
Total pages 35
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, U. K.
Publication date 2002-02
ISSN 1350-5084
Keyword(s) embodiment
ethics
Foucault
labour process theory
methodology
Summary In this paper, I draw jointly upon a Foucauldian ethical discourse and the example of the so-called `Manchester school' of Foucauldian labour process theory (LPT) to question the political/ethical aspirations and effects of critical management studies. Specifically, I question the ethics and effects of LPT researchers' relationships with those they/we research. I organize the discussion around four Foucauldian ethical themes or feelings. I thread these ethical themes throughout the paper to argue that, though Foucauldian LPT may be understood to abstractly resonate with these themes, its contribution is seriously undermined through the authors' lack of attention to ways of embodying this ethics in relations with the researched. By not embodying these commitments, the marriage between Foucault and LPT risks being read more as a marriage of convenience than commitment. And, further, a marriage that reproduces a politically problematic `modernist/positivist' self-other separation or divorce between researcher and researched.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, SAGE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041664

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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